The City of Tavares is now the proud owner of Little Free Library #1798. After a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in June and several articles in the local newspapers, the weatherproof library box located at The Reading Tree in Aseop's Park, 501 E. Caroline Street has seen a steady stream of users. There have been sightings of children and teens sitting under The Reading Tree enjoying books picked out of the library box.
Staff at the City of Tavares Public Library noticed an article in the USA Today newspaper that hilighted the international initiative of the non-profit Little Free Library to put books in public places where people could borrow and swap without having to spend any money.
Circulation and Technical Services Coordinator, Marli Lopez, saw the USA Today article as she was putting out the newspapers one morning in the Library Reading Room. That article is now posted on the Little Free Library website www.littlefreelibrary.org along with any other info that you could possibly want for this wonderful community project/program. She passed the article on to library staff and to Tamera Rogers, Director of Community Services & Parks and Recreation. Marli mentioned in passing that it would be a brilliant addition to Aesop's Park at The Reading Tree. Ms. Rogers took the suggestion and ran with it.
The box was designed by Tavares resident Corado “Vince” Vottoria, a retired contractor. He had been saving the pieces of Cypress used for the little library for years just waiting for the “right” project. There are only 6 of these boxes in the entire state of Florida, Clearwater, Englewood, Tallahassee, Palm Beach Gardens, Orange City and the closest to us, Longwood. Tavares will be the only one in Lake County! A photo has been sent to the Little Free Library site for inclusion on their map which will assist the group with their goal of 2,510 around the world.
There are plans for a second Little Free Library to be built and placed in Wooton Park at the Wooton Wonderland playground area. So keep your eyes peeled and make sure to take a book and leave a book in Aesop's Park soon.
It would be wicked cool if Tavares started a trend in Lake County that would spread this idea to other communities in the county.